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The meeting took place at the FBI’s headquarters in New York on May 8, ABC reported, one day before Trump surprisingly fired then-FBI Director James Comey.
The cyberattack is believed to have originated overseas, according to the report.
Eric Trump declined to confirm or deny that he met with the FBI when contacted by the television station, but he added that the attack was not successful.
“We absolutely weren’t hacked,” he said in a brief interview with ABC. “That’s crazy. We weren’t hacked, I can tell you that.”
According to former FBI official and ABC News contributor Richard Frankel, having the FBI investigate an attempted cyberattack—and subsequently grant them access to the organization’s digital files and network—could carry some risks.
“There could be stuff in there that they do not want to become part of a separate criminal investigation,” Frankel said.
The attempted cyberattack on the Trump Organization comes at the same time as the FBI continues to investigate possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. If any evidence was found in the Trump Organization’s computer network, Frankel told ABC, it would be fair game.
ABC said officials believed the discussion between the Trump family and the FBI centered on “a suspected hack of computer systems used by the international real estate holding company.”
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).